I was on a regimen of Truvada and Tivicay since being diagnosed in July of 2015. My doctor added Prescobix about 6 months ago, and has now switched me to triumeq. Once I establish if this medication keeps me undetectable, what do you do with the unused medicine. I have full unopened bottles of all three medications. I hate to throw them away since these medications are expensive,but I know it is illegal to give them to anyone since the prescription is in my name. Can they be donated to a… read more
I donate to the Maui Aids foundation who are partnered with HIV doctors that decides which clients will receive them. This way my money is not wasted and I can help others who cannot afford the meds, some of which are prohibitively expensive and have no generic alternatives. Win-Win
another thing we have in our county, is a prescription take back. Several police stations and pharmacies have boxes you can drop unused medications at. You just have to take your name off the bottle, but must leave the part that tells what they medication is.
You know of a couple of doctors who will take them to give as "samples" to patients who are having trouble getting their meds. You could check with doctors who treat a lot of people with HIV.
You should also be able to take them in to a pharmacy where they can properly dispose of unused medications. Putting them down the drain is bad for the environment, and I'm not sure it's good to give them to people who haven't been prescribed them from their doctor. Best to get rid of them.
Thanks for the answers, I'll try to find a local group to donate to first, then use the link above if I can't find one. I asked my doctor if I should use all the current medication before starting the new one and she said not too, to start the new one immediately. She didn't say anything about what to do with the current medication I am on. I see her again if February and if the new meds work, I will donate the other ones.
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